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Surprise – Sigarette Dolci alla Siciliana

Surprise – Sigarette Dolci alla Siciliana

SURPRISE is the actual name of these tasty pastries, but they are also known as SIGARETTE DOLCI ALLA SICILIANA.

These desserts are typical of the Palermo area but are widespread throughout Sicily and Italy. It is a unique “Surprise” when that delicate and crispy waffle, made of egg whites and ricotta cream, explodes inside your mouth at the first bite, letting you enter the full enjoyment of Sicilian pastry. They are NOT Cannoli!

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Surprise – Sigarette Dolci alla Siciliana

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Cooking Method
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 16 mins Cook Time: 6 mins Total Time: 22 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Surprise or Sigarette Dolci alla Siciliana - These pastries are often referred to as "cannoli siciliani," but they are shaped like cigars, hence the name "sigarette" which means "cigarettes" in Italian. Here's a simple recipe for making these sweet treats:

  • 1 cup flour 00
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 3 egg whites
  • 7 tablespoons soft butter
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • chocolate drops
    Ricotta Cream
    • Drain the ricotta and add the 60g (8 Tbsps) sieved powdered sugar.
    • Mix to obtain a soft and silk cream.
    • Add chocolate drops and grated cinnamon, and mix.
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    • Mix the soft butter with the 1 cup of powdered sugar very well with the electric whisk.
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    • Then, add the egg whites, constantly mixing with the whisk. Add the sieved flour and vanilla when the mixture is well combined.
    • Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350°F).
    • Prepare 10 cm (4 inches) diameter greaseproof paper disks, sprinkle the dough over each disk to cover it.
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    • Cook in the preheated oven for 6 minutes, then remove the pan and quickly take a wafer, turn it upside down, roll it on a stainless-steel cannoli form or the handle of a wooden spoon, and press a little at the end so the edges do not reopen.
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    • Fill them with ricotta cream with the help of a pastry bag just before serving because otherwise, the wafer, with the humidity from filling, would lose its crunchiness.
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